Creatives’ Chance to Cash in

The Townsville banner dress was a project supported by RADF funding. Applications for the next round of RADF funding are now open IMAGE: Supplied

Townsville’s artists, arts workers and cultural workers are being encouraged to apply for up to $15,000 in grant funding for projects that will help bring to life imaginative, innovative and creative community projects in 2018.

Applications to the Regional Arts development Fund (RADF) are now open; with the Fund’s revised guidelines and application process intended to make the funding more accessible to a broader range of local creatives.

RADF Committee Chair, Councillor Margie Ryder impressed that creative projects from individuals, groups and private enterprise may all be eligible for funding.

“It’s not just non-for-profit organisations that are eligible,”said Cr Ryder. “There may be an individual painter, or writer, or photographer looking to better themselves through workshops – they can apply. Private enterprises like a band or theatre company could also be eligible.”

“The key aspects we look for in RADF applications are how any funding delivered would boost Townsville’s cultural experiences, improve innovation and build community pride.

“This allows funding to also be used for mentoring or resources for early stage projects – often people don’t even know if projects are possible until they put a proper project brief together – so having the funds to bring in the proper expertise can help with the development,” Cr Ryder said.

Former RADF projects include:

  • Umbrella Studio contemporary arts’ Young Umbrella Mentorship (YUM) program for young people
  • A two-day workshop on digital projection mapping for artists involved with LuxLumin
  • Funding for local playwright Julie Johnston to research and develop her original play Displaced
  • A circus-skills course for young people living with disability; and
  • A wearable art workshop that included industry mentorship for young designers.

Claudia Williams and Christina Papadimitriou, who facilitated the wearable art workshop, which resulted in a 1800s-style gown being fashioned from a Townsville tourism banner, said the RADF funding helped them to get their project off the ground.

“We had to hire somewhere to do the workshop – we were able to hire Umbrella Studio – we also had to pay for the hair and make-up team, the models, so there was a lot of areas that you may not think of that that money helped us get up and going,”said Christina.

The benefits for the students involved in the project were also ample.

“They can see beyond creating something just for fun; they can see it can take them further – it can take them to creating for film or theatre,” Christina said.

Cr Ryder said supporting Townsville’s artists and creatives played a vital role in building a vibrant city for all residents.

“If we don’t support up-and-comers, we’ll lose them. Simple as that,” said Cr Ryder.

RADF applications are open until 12 February 2018. For more information and to apply, download the RADF Guidelines here.


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